Among England's picturesque villages, there are few more idyllic than Amberley in West Sussex. Less than 60 miles from London, it's home to the privately owned Amberley Castle. This 900-year-old stone landmark features original medieval architectural details, including a 60-foot-high curtain wall with a twin-tower gatehouse. Each of the 19 elegant guest rooms incorporates furnishings that emphasize the castle's history. Fine dining takes place in the 12th-century Queen's Room, a picturesque space with a double-vaulted barrel ceiling. Formal gardens, a croquet lawn, resident peacocks and tranquil ponds are all designed to take you back to a more leisurely era. A rope bridge leads to a fairytale tree house that is available for private meals.